Community Chest of New Britain and Berlin, Inc. has awarded a $20,000 grant to Prudence Crandall Center (PCC) to provide critical support for domestic violence prevention and community education services in the agency's nine-town service area.

This funding will help expand PCC's services for youth, trainings for professionals, and outreach to underserved populations to break cycles of violence and promote healthy relationships.

"This generous support from Community Chest of New Britain and Berlin will allow us to continue to engage the community in our efforts to reach victims in need, protect our youth, and break cycles of violence to make our communities safer for all," said Barbara Damon, Prudence Crandall Center's executive director.

Given the widespread problem of domestic violence, these services are vital in providing the community, professionals and at-risk groups with crucial information about the warning signs, risk factors, causes and effects of domestic and teen dating violence, as well as services available to help those in need.

"Community Chest of New Britain and Berlin believes that the services offered by Prudence Crandall are critical to the state. We are pleased to support their efforts to assist victims of domestic violence," said Lucinda Antonacci, Community Chest of New Britain and Berlin Chair.

Too often, victims suffer behind closed doors, or, more tragically, lose their lives when help is just a phone call away. Through awareness-raising, PCC hopes to involve the community in connecting victims to services to help them - and their children - to be safe. In addition, prevention programs provide youth and at-risk groups with the skills and resources needed to avoid becoming victims or perpetrators of domestic abuse and to break the cycle of domestic violence once and for all.

Prudence Crandall Center is the oldest domestic violence program in the state and the only one serving Bristol, Berlin, Burlington, Kensington, New Britain, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Terryville. Last year alone, over 8,000 lives were touched by their work. Services include a 24-hour crisis hotline, emergency shelter, transitional and permanent supportive housing programs, court advocacy, counseling, and community education. For additional information about Prudence Crandall Center, visit http://www.prudencecrandall.org. To access the 24-hour hotline, call 860-225-6357 or toll-free, 888-774-2900. All services are free and confidential.